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New Visa application charges

From the 1 July 2013 the Department of immigration and citizenship have introduced new visa application charges for many of the visa subclasses.   Temporary visas applied for outside Australia   For all persons who apply for a visa to come to Australia temporarily such as for visits, study or work visas- the new visa…

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Update to changes for Skills occupations list to be implemented on 1 July 2014

What does a bricklayer, chef and tiler have in common? These three trades have a recognized skill shortage in Australia and have been officially added to the ‘Australia’s Skilled Occupation List.’ So what exactly does this mean for chefs, bricklayers and tilers? If a profession is listed on the Skilled Occupation List, it means that if a…

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Australia is Open for Business!

Fresh from his election win in September last year, one of the first assurances that the newly elected Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott declared was that Australia was now officially ‘open for business.’ This statement is true in more ways than one with interest from overseas investors increasing due to the recent signing of two…

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Ooh La La! The French are Coming!

Last year the Department of Immigration released figures showing a 50 per cent increase over the past 5 years in Working Visa applications to Australia from the French. Australian Immigration also noted an increase of 8.4 per cent of Working Holiday Maker Visas granted to 20, 086 French visitors. Mr. Cedric Barusseau of Paris, France…

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Australian Small Businesses and the Budget

The Australian Federal Budget is still a strong talking point for most Australians, but now that the dust has settled and all of the big controversial cuts have been discussed, reviewed and debated, we are now hearing about the ‘smaller’ changes that did not make the initial headlines. Some of these changes, will directly affect…

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Government cracks down on Australian business’s employing illegal workers

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection posted an article on their website earlier in the month reinforcing the need for businesses in Australia to comply with the Australian Governments visa regulations. With the number of Skilled Worker Visa applications made to Australia growing every year, Australian Businesses will be held just as accountable as…

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Greece And Australia To Go On Holiday

Last week the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison, confirmed that a reciprocal agreement had been signed between Australia and Greece for a Work Holiday Visa arrangement. “This arrangement, when brought into effect, will enable up to 500 young adults from Greece and 500 young adults from Australia to enjoy a…

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Getting Healthy for your Visa for Australia

We all know that our health is the most important thing in our lives. The same can be said when you’re applying for your Visa to Australia. Whether it be a Skilled Independent Visa, Business Investment Visa, Family Visa or Work Visa, the Australian Government needs to make sure that you’re fighting fit before you…

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Should We Live in Australia? We think so!

Located in the Southern Hemisphere, Australia can certainly seem a long way from the rest of the world. Our closest neighbor of New Zealand is a 4 hour flight away, while it takes over 6 hours to fly across Australia itself. The Australian Government has recognized that a lifestyle change to the land Down Under…

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Big Boost on the Horizon for Skilled Engineers

The recently released Australian federal budget projected a lot of necessary Government spending. The big spend that got everyone’s attention was the $11.6 billion investment package for roads and infrastructure. While some shook their heads at the huge dollar value of this spend on infrastructure, there is one group in particular that is rejoicing at…

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